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feared dead after one of the strongest typhoons in world history devastates the philippines. we will get a live report from the philippines and go to poland where the u.n. climate change summit has just opened up. we will speak with naderev "yeb" sano, the chief negotiator for the philippines. a year ago he delivered an emotional appeal to the world. i appeal to the leaders around the world to open their eyes. i appeal to ministers. the outcome of our work is not about what our political masters want. what is demanded by 7 billion people. . appeal no more delays, no more excuses. as we mark veterans day, we will speak to ann jones, author
of "they were soldiers: how the wounded return from america's warsthe untold story." to democracy now! is looking for feedback from people who appreciate the closed captioning. e-mail your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail them to democracy now! p.o. box 693 new york, new york 10013. -- nearly 1000 people are confirmed dead so far but the toll is expected to rise. sent huge waves that inundated towns, washed ships ashore and swept away coastal villages. more than 600,000 people have been displaced. struggling to are reach the survivors cut off by flooded roads. wascity of talk about described as a seen a massive devastation. we will have more on the typhoon after headlines.
iran andalk between six world powers have ended without a deal in place. the two sides were reportedly close to reaching a short-term agreement that would see a limited release of sanctions against a rant in return for a slow down in activities, but talks collapsed after france refused to sign on. the iranian president hassan countrysaid that there will never abandon their right to enrich uranium. >> we have shown those on the other side of the negotiations verbally and through actions that threats, sanctions, belittling, and discrimination will not work, not under any circumstances. for us, they are red lines that cannot be crossed. the rights of the iranian nation are our red lines. national interests are our red
lines, and that includes our rights under the framework of international regulations and enrichment on a rainy and soil. apparente the breakdown, both sides say progress has made -- been made and have resume to -- agreed to meetings next week. as we leaveoser now geneva than when we came, and with the work in good faith over we can, inw weeks, fact, secure our goal. we came to geneva to narrow the , and i can tell you without any exaggeration, we not only narrow differences and clarified those that remain, but we made significant progress in working through the approaches of how onestion
reins in a program and guarantees its peaceful nature. kerry said he expects an agreement within the next couple of months. a group of lawmakers is moving ahead to tighten sanctions on iran. prime minister benjamin netanyahu continued his campaign against an iranian nuclear deal. dangerous bad and deal, a deal that would affect our survival. when it comes to the question of jewish survival, and the survival of the jewish state, i will not be silenced, ever. not on my watch. iran says it has reached an agreement with the u.n. nuclear agency to expand monitoring.
it will give the iaea greater access to its sites. speaking during a visit to iran, the iaea chief yukiya amano said the roadmap will be implemented over the next three months. the deputy minister of industry has been shot dead in tire on. killinghe first known of a top iranian official in years. the u.n. climate summit begins today in warsaw, poland. negotiators are focused on reaching a deal for 2015. on the eve of the summit, a group of environmentalists staged a processed. >> climate change is impacting our hunger and food production, so we are here at the start of the climate talks in warsaw to call on governments to take action against climate change. we want to see images reduced
and we want to see money for poor people in developing countries to be able to adapt. we see the impacts of climate change. tune in next week. we will be broadcasting live from the u.n. climate summit in warsaw, poland. at least five people have been killed in two drone strikes in yemen. the victims were described as suspected al qaeda militants. meanwhile, in pakistan, hundreds of people rallied in multiple cities friday to protest the u.s. drone war. demonstrators staged a massive sit in blocking a nato supply line. the action followed a strike that killed the pakistani head of the taliban, jeopardizing peace talks. in an interview, pakistani s accused theader
u.s. of undermining peace. >> if there were a chance for peace talks, we should have grabbed it. while the interior minister did his best, i am disappointed in the way the prime minister has taken this peace process. this should have been his number one priority. the americans could have taken him out when they wanted. the timing was to sabotage the peace process. >> clashes have erupted in saudi arabia come in cracking down on foreign workers. at least two people were killed and dozens injured after police confronted workers on saturday. meanwhile, in cutter, a human expert is calling for a reform in workers rights.
they say that guest workers are being housed in squalor. in the is a stain reputation of qatar, the richest country per capita. they should not allow this to be created on its territory. there are means of making this better, probably relatively quickly. qatar has 90% of their workforce coming from outside the country. they will be hosting the world cup in 2022. thousands rally to increase following a raid on the state broadcaster. remained ind offices since june when the station was agreed -- abruptly shut down. ert workers were finally evicted when rioters broke in
and clear the area room by room. two people were killed and 2200s wounded in houston, texas when gunfire broke out at a house party. around 100 people were inside the home when the shooting began. what i can tell you right now is we have two confirmed killed. one was confirmed at the hospital, one at the scene. we have a third gunshot victim at memorial hermann medical center that is undergoing surgery. i do not have the status on that victim yet. we have an additional 15 other victims with varied degrees of non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. >> new york city mayor michael bloomberg has asked a federal appeals court to vacate a ruling against the new york city police
department's stop and frisk program. district judge shira scheindlin found stop and frisk unconstitutional, saying the police have relied on an ruling.tutional a judge panel removed judge shira scheindlin last month saying she violated judicial standards. the bloomberg administration said that the decision should be permanently undone. successor has vowed to withdraw the appeal when he takes office as mayor in january. cbs news has retracted a controversial story on the deadly attack on the u.s. diplomatic tack in benghazi, libya. in a segment that aired last month, a security contractor offered what he called an eyewitness account of the militant raid that killed four americans.
claimed he rushed to the scene and club a military attack with his rifle. he also said he visited ambassador stephens in the hospital. his comments field right-wing theory about a lackluster response. but his own statements to the fbi and the firm that he worked for undermined his claims. davies told investigators he spent most of the night of the attack in his villa. his comments vet for accuracy despite working on the story for one year. after initially standing by the "60 minutes" correspondent apologized to viewers. >> when we discovered the account he gave to the fbi was different from what he told us, we realized we had been misled, and it was a mistake to include him in our report. for that we are very sorry.
the most important thing for every person that "60 minutes close quot" is the truth. davies was on the show to promote his new book. the book has now been pulled from shelves. called thef cbs news report as big a mistake as there minutes" five0 decades on air. hoping totchdog is form an independent panel to investigate the story. the reporter on the benghazi aory has previously advocated forceful response to the libya attack. in a speech last year, she said the u.s. should send in its
military forces to exact revenge. >> when i look at what is happening in libya, it is a big song and dance about whether this was a terrorist attack or protest. you just want to scream, are you kidding me? the last time we were attacked like this was the uss cole, which was a prelude to 9/11, and you are sending in the fbi to investigate? i hope you are sending in your best clandestine warriors who will exact revenge and that the united states will not be attacked on its own soil, its ambassadors will not be murdered , and the united states will not stand by and do nothing about it. >> republican senator lindsey graham is maintaining his vow to block all of president obama's nominations until officials are allowed to appear before congress. he now says his position remains
unchanged despite the reports retractions. those are some of the headlines. this is democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. more than 10,000 people are feared dead in the philippines following one of the most powerful storms ever recorded. it is believed to be the most powerful typhoon to ever make landfall in human history. 942 people are confirmed dead so far. the head of the red cross has described the devastation as absolute bedlam. most of the damage and death was caused by huge waves that inundated towns, washed ships ashore, and swept away coastal villages. had reported one mass grave of 500 bodies. more than 600,000 people were displaced by the storms and many still have no access to food, water, or medicine.
this is the philippines interior mar roxas speaking one day after the storm hit. >> i do not have the words for it. it is horrific, a great human tragedy. when the sun sets, it is dark. you are just going to have to make your way to where you can find some shelter. >> the category five storm hit the philippines with winds as strong as 195 miles per hour. the storm comes less than one left 830 bopha missing. for more on the story, we are , aned by jamela alindogan reporter from al jazeera. she almost did not make it out. she is with us now from the
capital of the philippines, manila. -- just take us through what happened when the typhoon hit. >> we were sent the day before. i came in with my cameraman in the philippines, and we were in the hotel near the coastline. we landed thursday 8:00 p.m. local time. we were with other journalists who were suggesting that it would be best to leave the area because it was not the safest ways to be in. car,oked a driver and a but because the danger, the driver canceled on us. it took us a while to find a vehicle. by that time, i said less just stick around.
later on, we felt that the typhoon officially made landfall. i was able to get a few phone calls interviews and we were setting up for a live shot. one minute into our live, the typhoon struck and there was incredible wind. trees blowing like they were witness paper. visibility was only one meter. we were close to the coastline but i could not see the waves coming. minutes, thef 30 water surged up a tied up to the third floor. we were stuck. all of a sudden, all of the other guests started coming to where we were, looking for a safer area. another local journalist was
trying to get into the stock room behind us. he kicked the door open and we and there was in, a roof there. and heldd the ceiling on for about one hour. all of a sudden, we felt the wind -- the roof was starting to degrade. of 20 minutes, it started to cave in. all of a sudden, the roof was exposed toe were this incredible power. the sound was absolutely terrifying. there has been nothing like this, as incredible and gary --
as covering typhoon haiyan . we were able to find some shelter. the eye of the storm was just above us. we were holding on to barrels of plastic, hoping that we would stay afloat. thankfully, the water did not rise up to the level where we and thenning to jump, we waited another two hours. it was really difficult not knowing how things would go, how your life would turn out. downfully, the water went but the wind was too powerful, so we stayed a couple hours
more. attendants managed to rescue us and we remove to a safer place. from there on, we realized all of our gear was gone. we are on video stream, so we will try to link up with her again. are you there? break andng to go to then come back to hear this discussion. jeffwe will speak to about climatek change. we are talking about perhaps the most powerful typhoon in the history of the planet to make landfall. we will be back in a minute.
>> "masdan mo ang kapaligiran" by asin. a song means uncertainty environment. inare with jamela alindogan the philippines, from the capital of manila. she reported after typhoon haiyan struck. she is with us from manila. equipment, the roof pulled off the building you were in. you've got to safety. what happened next?
>> we made our way out of the area. the place had become a ghost town within hours. it took us three hours to get to the next town. there was devastation everywhere, looting already. it was hard to imagine the damage -- it is something you see in the movies but you cannot -- it is overwhelming to see it in reality. you do not think it is possible. span, you see an historical area of the philippines destroyed just like that. we went to run with the governor , to a hospital which had no electricity, doctors working over 24 hours on the injured being brought in and people withally dying in the dark
not enough medicine. this was one of the few establishments operating after the typhoon. >> news reports in the philippines say people are walking around like zombies after the typhoon. a spoke persony from oxfam. she has been traveling through some of these devastated areas. describe what you have seen. >> our teams have been to the area. as the reporter said, there is no water or electricity. pharmacies are being looted. one mother said they had never
seen anything like this before. before it was just small waves, the way that they referred to this is like a tsunami. this has wiped out all of their belongings. they have been walking the streets looking for food and water. scene you describe the that oxfam representatives are seeing? part of the problem is getting to the devastated areas. arenumber of counted dead around 1000, but some are saying tens of thousands. there are whole areas that cannot be reached. the other humanitarian teams, it remains to be a challenge because this is a big area. it is true, the number of feared dead ranges from 1000 to 10,000.
this is almost 10% of the population of the whole country. these are entirely displaced people with no food or water. this is overwhelming humanitarian capacities. >> what needs to get their the most? >> food, water, shelter. right now, communication lines are slowly being restored, but it is mostly food, water, shelter. money, there is nothing to buy. this is what the people are saying. ofrefore, you have instances
looting. it is difficult to use that term in times like this, because what happens when people are desperate for something, perhaps and the people who are there at the store are not. to be found. --not there to be found. >> remember, these are the poorest provinces. people are dependent on agriculture, on fisheries, so these are really poor people, high incidences of poverty. this is overwhelming all of our resources in terms of humanitarian capacity. we are also joined by jeff
masters, meteorologist from the underground. to beyphoon is believed the most powerful typhoon ever to make landfall, making it a category six, which is not a number yet. scales thatf of our were used to measure intensity. seen, as we have ever using satellite imagery, i have not seen anything like this before. usually, storms weaken as they make landfall as a interact with the high terrain, but this one came in at full strength. how a typhoon like this gains power, how it is measured. we just heard from oxfam in the philippines saying it was like a synonymy, talking about the
massive wall of water that inundates a community. >> typhoons take their energy from the heat of the ocean and converts it into the storm and wins. in a category five, it will pile up a huge area of water that will come ashore as it makes landfall. that is what happened. the wall of water that came in was at least 15 feet high pushed by these category five wins, right into the downtown area. >> we are on with jamela a reporter from al jazeera, who was in the philippines as the storm hit. there, how dofrom you reach people, how were preparations made for this typhoon? >> the philippines is considered one of the countries most
vulnerable to climate change. hit thisyphoons country in every year from different areas. however, the story is almost always the same. emergency response is very slow. the representative of oxfam made a good point. a lot of it has to do with poverty. most of the people who are hit by these calamities are those who are at the lower sector economically. they are the ones who are most vulnerable. with all of typhoons and devastation and natural disasters that have hit the seems as if the ability to respond is still very slow. in tacloban, trying
to get in touch with my channel, my family, there were people looting pretty much every establishment there. a guy that was looting an entire treadmill equipment on his own back. overhead, you could see military choppers flying overhead. it was anarchy in the streets. devastating,very whatever scale is out of the ordinary, but you have to look at how the government has responded. they have been given days to prepare, and they said they had supplies ready, so where are they? the military has not done anything to prevent looting.
nobody was there to protect the food anyway, that there was actually violence starting. were of residents who saving their houses came to us .orried about their own safety a lot of houses have been by men who are desperate to get their hands on whatever they can get. at the end of the day, it is important to have emergency response. not just providing immediate needs but ensuring those that have survived our secure. defense andof the interior secretary were there. they seem to be taken aback by the disaster. this is similar to typhoon bopha . over 1000 people died and
thousands have gone missing. millions have lost their homes. the name of the disaster may have changed, but the outcome of the story is the same. when disaster strikes, they are on their own. it seems as if the philippines government is very slow in terms of responding to the needs of the people affected on the ground. masters, what is the relationship between typhoons and climate change, global warming? >> the storm surge that the storm pushed forward would have been lower. level has risen. part of the storm surge is due to global warming. the other thing we can say is the sorts of high-end category
five storms are likely to be more, and by the end of the century simply because with a warmer ocean you have more of a heat source or these storms. we do not know about the other factors that go into making typhoons. they are very fussy creations. you need a lot of things to be just right. the upper level winds need to be in the right direction, you cannot have too much shearing force. equal, hotter oceans gives you more potential for stronger storms. you talk about how this compares to last year, to typhoon bopha? we were at the climate change summit in doha when this form hit last year, considered one of the strongest. >> they have gotten three category five storms in the past four years. bopha was another one that came
onshore. isthis case, the heavy rains what caused most of the destruction. that is mostly the case in the philippines. when it rains heavily, you tend to get a lot of flooding. da, it moves relativity quickly, so it did , but theree rains was quite a lot of wind damage and storm surge. bopha hit,r, when the head of the climate was talking about the devastation in his country. as we see here, every hour,
even as we vacillate and procrastinate here, we are suffering. there is massive and widespread devastation at home. hundreds of thousands have been rendered homeless. our ordeal is far from over. madam chair, we have never had a typhoon like bopha which has area like this which has seen a storm of this size. finally, madam chair, i speak on ,ehalf of 100 million filipinos a quarter million of whom are eking out a living here in qatar. appeal,ing an urgent
not as a negotiator or leader of my delegation, but as a filipino , i appeal to the whole world, i appeal to the leaders from all over the world, to open up their eyes to the stark reality we face. ministers. the outcome of our work is not about what our political masters want. it is about what is demanded by us by 7 million people. please, no more delays or excuses. remembered asa be the place where we found the political will to turn things around and do let 2012 be remembered as the year the world found the courage to do so, to find the courage to take responsibility for the future we want. here, iff all of us not us, then who echo if not now, then when? if not here, then where?
,> that was naderev "yeb" sano head of the philippine climate delegation. website to seeur the extended interview with him hit. typhoon bopha jeff masters, it looks like the philippines is also possibly going to be hit by a tropical depression. what does that mean? >> they will have trouble with the relief effort. it will slow down the airlift into the affected areas. it will possibly cause minor flooding. it does not look like this would be catastrophic rainfall, but heavy rains, three inches to six inches, in these typhoon areas, very unwelcome news. >> and their frequency of these
typhoons. three category fives in the past few years. what causes this? as you follow these storms, what is the significance of this meeting taking place in warsaw? we will be there next week. we hoped to get naderev "yeb" sano today, so the opening of the conference has been delayed. but he has announced that he will begin a hunger strike until the u.n. takes some kind of .ction around global warming >> that is impressive. something to think about when it comes to hurricanes and typhoons, we have been below activity since 2005. in the western pacific, this is the first year since 2004 that we have had about average activity.
we have not had many of these storms in the pacific. the five category fives we have seen this year is about average, so we have been doing well. that,e thing i can add to the proportion of these high-end if we has increased, so look at the total number of storms worldwide, it seems when we do get in them, there is a higher proportion of these storms of high intensity. but it is difficult to measure these things. we just have satellite estimates. there is uncertainty about how hurricanes and typhoons have changed in the past few decades because our measuring has been slow. about the warsaw meeting, having a super typhoon is the backdrop to what is going on as well as the fact that we have had 35 other billion-dollar disasters
on earth. that will add a little extra emphasis and urgency perhaps to coming up with a solution. i am hopeful the warsaw meetings will be productive but the big meeting we have to worry about is paris in 2015. that is when we are looking at trying to get a real climate agreement hammered out that will have some tea. thank you for being with us, jeff masters, director of meteorology and weather underground. i also want to thank our guest from the philippines, the spokesperson for oxfam. also, thank you to jamela alindogan. we will continue to cover this through the week. when we come back, it is veterans day.
>> benigno aquin "people got toy the young rascals. day. marks veterans president obama used his weekly address to emphasize the obligation americans and our government have two veterans. a million of our troops return to civilian life, we will have to work harder, because the skill, dedication, and courage of our troops is unmatched. when they come home, we benefit from their efforts to build a stronger future for our kids.
so to all of our veterans on behalf of our nation, thank you for everything you have done and will continue to do for our country. chief, i amander in proud of your service and grateful for your sacrifice. as long as i am president, i will make it my mission to make sure america has your back, 365 days a year. although president obama stressed the importance of supporting troops, veterans continue to face extremely high levels of unemployment, injury,c brain homelessness, and suicide. nearly one million active service members have been diagnosed with at least one mental health disorder since 2000. nearly half of those diagnosed .ith two or more
according to the department of veterans affairs, 22 veterans take their lives each day. last year, more military personnel died by their own hands than by the hands of others. on any given night, 63,000 veterans are homeless. many suffering chronic debilitating problems. joining us for the hour is ann jones. her new book is "they were soldiers: how the wounded return from america's warsthe untold story." ann jones, welcome to democracy now! tell us that story. missing isy that is telling the story of what happened to those wounded or killed in combat. we hear a great deal about the wonderful military medical system in place to help them and save their lives. what we do not hear, the story i
track, is what these injuries due to the medical care workers who are trying to save lives. none of the doctors, nurses, or other murdoch -- medical personnel i met in the hospital germany, walter reed, had ever seen such catastrophic wounds before. they had never encountered this type of damage even though they were experienced military workers. ,es, they are saving lives putting soldiers back together the best they can, but the question they are asking themselves is are these veterans going to be glad to be alive when they return home? >> you entitle your first chapter, secrets of the dead. >> for years, americans were not allowed to see the dead being brought home things to an order
in the firstney bush senior administration. 2009.ule was reversed in for the first time, some journalists could be present with the permission of the families of the dead to witness the dead coming home. but by that time, americans scarcely seem to be interested. it is not something we are used to seeing and apparently not something that we want to see. >> talk about some of the examples, some of the soldiers that opened up to you. course, in afghanistan, most of the soldiers i saw were unconscious, integrated, undergoing surgery after surgery to stabilize them and get them onto the next level.
>> how did you get this access? >> i had to embed with the military. by the time the soldiers have a turn to the state, i was not allowed to speak to them in the hospital. from publicormation affairs officers and medical personnel. where i really got the chance to talk to these soldiers was on their bases before they were injured and in their homes after they came back. the soldiers and their families told the terrible stories of lane at home in their childhood bed, four years, after returning home from these wars. others returning home to families, and there is story after story like this. a loving family who tried desperately to get help for
their soldiers because they fear they are suicidal, and indeed, they are, but the v.a. was already so overburdened with veterans from our past wars when these veterans started coming home, they have been playing catch-up ever since and have never been able to catch up. veterans who need immediate help are turned away from the v.a. and suicide is frequently the result. >> the suicide numbers are astounding. veterans or soldiers a day in the united states take their lives? >> those are soldiers still in the military, those that have already left the military are not counted. indicationlot of that they may be committing suicide that even greater rates. to me, the most shocking part of
this is that many of those that kill themselves are receiving treatment at the v.a., but the treatment they are receiving is the big pharma drugs, opioid pain killers. they are prescribed not for psychological problems but for simple body pain, and they are highly addictive, deeply implicated in soldier suicides. i tell the story of one texas soldier who came back deeply and was by the war about to resign from the military. he was getting treatment at the when he was playing in a football game and broke a finger. he was prescribed heavy-duty opioid narcotics. as his mother said afterwards,
she went to the doctor and said, you prescribed that for a broken finger? shortly after he was addicted, and not long afterwards, he killed himself. his mother traces it to the onset of those drugs on top of the experiences he brought home from the more. >> you are the daughter of a veteran. talk about his experience and how that influenced you in your book and in your previous work. >> my father was a highly decorated veteran of world war i . he came home with wounds and certainly all the demons, which never left his nightmares. they attended him through his life. >> did you understand what was going on? >> i did, and i was often the target of what was going on. my father was a successful
well belonged in the community, but at home the demons emerged. it left me with a strong distrust of the statistics we normally get from the pentagon to say that the deep disturbance of veterans happens to only a small percentage and the vast majority of soldiers come home just fine. to everyone in my community, my father looked fine. he had the demons and visited them on his family, has so many veterans do, until the day he died. he was 80 years old at that time. >> when you say the demons, you mean what? nightmares, sense of guilt, helplessness, sense of frustration that the country continued to go to war, often u rged as violence against
family members. previously, we have spoken about problems that military members face. this is a veteran. 17% of individuals in combat are on psychotropic medication. 20% of individuals getting deployed to afghanistan already have some sort of posttraumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury. one third of the women in the military are sexually assaulted. it is clear these policies of the global war on terror has had a profound effect on the military, my brothers and sisters. while simultaneously perpetuating a failed policy. unfortunately, we have to live with that policy on a daily basis. i do not want to be a part of that policy anymore. the pentagon said the
increases in sexual assault 14%. to about pentagon officials claim the spike shows simply more victims are coming forward, but sexual assaults are still dramatically underreported. a recent survey found that 27% of people were sexually assaulted in 2007. talk about ptsd, violence, and sexual assault in the military? >> right now is a critical moment in terms of sexual assault. congress is about to pass the budget for the next year and to that, senator joe brand of new york has rallied other senators
to try to pass a law that would take the prosecution, the disposal of reports of sexual assault in the military, out of the chain of command. people are not reported because often they have to report to the people that assaulted them. crucial that your viewers get a hold of their congress persons and senators right now and tell them to vote with senator gillibrand. that seems tol cover everything and excuse everything. another affect it is having in this current situation is that it leaves soldiers, veterans to be heavily medicated. treatment, but i talked to one after another who tell me it did not treat me, it turned me into a zombie.
the effect it has on the pentagon is that it shuts our veterans up so they cannot tell us what it was like for them in the war. stories,ld hear those and we had the courage to listen to them, we would change our minds about giving our executives the authority to hurl into wars of their own choice, these all volunteer army's. as long as we have these standing armies that corrupt our , the executive can go to war anytime he wants with this army because we are no longer getting pushed back from the parents of a democratic army. >> you are saying if there was a draft. >> if the country were truly engaged in the preparation for not be able to go
to war as easily as we do. while i have not written a book about policy, i think if people read the description of what actually happens to our soldiers in war and what they do when they come back from the war, you have to see this as a real indictment of war and maybe americans would stand up again and oppose it. , thank you for being with us. her new book is called "they were soldiers: how the wounded return from america's warsthe untold story." that does it for the broadcast. if you would like to get a copy, you can go to our website, democracynow.org. democracy now! is looking for feedback from people who appreciate the closed captioning. e-mail your comments to email@example.com or mail them to democracy now! p.o. box 693 new york, new york 10013.